A poignant and powerful story about how one woman’s best intentions lead to the worst of situations, and how love helps her to heal and ultimately triumph.
From the outside looking in, Lauren Delaney has a life to envy—a successful career, a solid marriage to a prominent surgeon and two beautiful daughters who are off to good colleges. But on her twenty-fourth wedding anniversary Lauren makes a decision that will change everything.
Lauren won’t pretend things are perfect anymore. She defies the controlling husband who has privately mistreated her throughout their marriage and files for divorce. And as she starts her new life, she meets a kindred spirit—a man who is also struggling with the decision to end his unhappy marriage.
But Lauren’s husband wants his “perfect” life back and his actions are shocking. Facing an uncertain future, Lauren discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had as she fights for the love and happiness she deserves.
Bestseller Carr (The Wanderer) falls short with this novel of a woman who pivots from a mid-40s divorce to a surprising new romance. Lauren Delaney is extricating herself from marriage to a surgeon who has spent 24 years inflicting emotional, verbal, and physical abuse on her. She can afford the services of a good lawyer and a lease on a house of her own in the Bay Area enclave of Alameda Island. She also has the support of her sister and close friends. But, straining credulity, she jumps right into a new relationship with Beau Magellan, an affluent landscape designer she meets at random in a church garden. He too is in his mid-40s and mid-divorce. Their coming together and struggles through entirely predictable obstacles thrown down by their irredeemable exes are written like a case study: heavy on omnisciently narrated backstory, and simplified to the broadest brushstrokes of character and motivation. Lacking any real examination of how a middle-aged woman leaving a miserable marriage might think or feel about singlehood, this story neither engages nor enlightens.
Not Robyn Carr’s usual plotting. The end was written as if she had to finish in 5 pages or less. Very disappointing.